“I think we are more functional than most families I know.” Jack Osborne
An actor and star of reality TV, Jack Osbourne, also credited as Jack “The Ripper” Osbourne/The Osbournes, is well known to many as the son of rock icon Ozzy Osbourne and for his performances on the popular MTV show “The Osbournes” (2002-2005). On the show, fans remember him best for his wild appearance, nervy comments, drinking and drug habit. He now stars in his own show titled “Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie” (2005-present), which focuses on his training for extreme sports. Jack has also acted in the successful comedy “New York Minute” (2004) and worked as a talent scout for Epic Records. He published an autobiography titled “21 Years Gone” on October 2006.
Jack is a talented drummer and a fan of heavy metal. He enjoys Black Sabbath, TapRoot, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down and Tool. A one time substance abuser, Jack left his parents' house after getting sober and moved into a house in the Hollywood Hills, where he owns a bulldog named Lola.
“I decided to get sober when I took a look around the house I was at one day and saw nothing but losers. My friends, the losers, sitting around staring at the walls, talking about nothin and repeating the same patterns everyday. I thought about where I would be in five years if I stayed with this crowd and I saw myself as one of the losers, so I went home and told my Mum that I needed to get out of that scene now.” Jack Osbourne
Childhood and Family:
Jack Joseph Osbourne was born on November 8, 1985, in London, England, to rocker and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne (born in 1952), and Sharon Osbourne (born in 1951), a producer. His grandfather is music promoter and manager Don Arden (born 1926), and Jack is the nephew of producer David Arden (born in 1950). Jack has two sisters, Kelly Osbourne (born in 1984) and Aimee Osbourne (born in 1983), a half-sister named Jessica Osbourne (born in 1972) and 2 half-brothers, Louis Osbourne (born in 1975) and Elliot Kingsley (born in 1966). He also has an adopted brother named Robert Marcato.
Jack earned the nickname Jack Sabbath from his friends because his father is a former vocalist of the group Black Sabbath.
Born into a celebrity family, Jack Osbourne gained early exposure in front of the camera when he appeared in his famous musician father's documentary film “Ozzy Osbourne: Don't Blame Me” (1991), and the concert video “Ozzy Osbourne: Live & Loud” (1993). In 1997, he made his first of many guest appearances on the TV talk show “Howard Stern,” along with his father.
However, Jack did not gain massive prominence until he started his coveted gig on the MTV show “The Osbournes” in 2002. A look at the home and family life of Ozzy Osbourne, the show became a hit and won an Emmy in 2002 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality). It also earned many nominations, including two TV Critics Association nominations for New Program of the Year and Program of the Year, and a National TV for Most Popular Entertainment Program. “The Osbournes” ran for four seasons until 2005.
In 2003, Jack shocked the public with his revelation he was addicted to the drug Oxycodone and attended rehabilitation. After rehab, he stepped back into show business by taking on the small role of Jason in the box office smash hit “New York Minute” (2004), which was directed by Denny Gordon. Jack also headlined his own show on Channel 4 called “Union Jack” (2003) and co-hosted “Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On!” on ITV 2. He also appeared on the TV series “Dawson's Creek” (3 episodes, 2002-2003), “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” (2003-2004), and the made-for-TV film “Dame Edna Live at the Palace” (2003). From 2003-2004, he starred in his mother's short-lived talk-show, “The Sharon Osbourne Show.”
In October 2005, Jack began to star in the his own show, “Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie,” which was broadcasted in the U.K. on ITV 2, in the United States on the Travel Channel, in Australia on the LifeStyle Channel and in Canada on MuchMusic. The show centers on Jack's training for extreme sports. He also appeared on the CITV Saturday morning kids' show “Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown” (2005). In the sketch comedy “Sport Relief 2006,” Jack faced ex-singer Richard Proffitt in a one minute, three round boxing match to raise money for charity.
Opening 2007, Jack joined the cast of the new reality TV show “Armed and Famous,” starring apposite Jason Acuña, Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson and other celebrities. Jack also spent time in New Zealand to film the third season of his TV show “Adrenaline Junkie.”
Currently, Jack is in talks to play a role in the upcoming horror film “Black Friday 2,” in which Kane Hodder is set to star as Tyler Hillburg, who brutally murdered his mother and lover.